One Down… Edwards Loses Liberal Blogger

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John Edwards has accepted the resignation of liberal blogger, Amanda Marcotte, central player, along with Melissa McEwan of Shakespeare’s Sister, in the netroots drama surrounding the former senator’s campaign. Writing on her blog today, Marcotte criticizes Catholic League president, Bill Donohue, for driving her out of the campaign.

She writes:

“If I can’t do the job I was hired to do because Bill Donohue doesn’t have anything better to do with his time than harass me, then I won’t do it.”

She continues:

[Bill Donohue is a] right wing lackey whose entire job is to create non-controversies in order to derail liberal politics.

Marcotte is fuming and rightfully so. And, don’t get me wrong, I completely agree with the right wing lackey comment and that clearly Donohue has nothing better to do with his time, but hey, what about Edwards? Marcotte makes no mention of how his campaign handled the situation (poorly if you ask me). Maybe criticism of the former senator will follow or maybe the blog-girl signed on to the campaign because she truly believes in the guy and isn’t interested in a few parting jabs. I say jab away, Amanda. Not only did Edwards not stand up for his liberal outreach team, he publicly condemned their blogging and made them grovel for an apology from right-wing fanatics.

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